Runes
  • 9
    Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (+0.87 magic penetration)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Ability Power (+0.59 ability power)
  • 9
    Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power (+0.17 ability power per level (+3.06 at champion level 18))
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed (+1.5% movement speed)
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20. June 2012: [.]Added pictures of Masteries, Runes, Current Rating, Match History and Current Stats. [.]Described my choice of Summoner Spells better. [.]Added a new chapter with current stats and rating. Also added a new "updates" chapter. [.]Upgraded the "Match-Up" chapter. Made it more readable! [.]Added a new chapter "Roaming with Soraka" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 25. June 2012: [.]Added a new item build "After 1800 in rating". [.]Updated the Summoner spells chapter after some new experience this weekend. [.]Updated a new chapter "Reaching the 1800 Barrier [.]Rewamped the item build chapters; Added a "Build to 1800/Build After 1800/Other items" chapters. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 26. June 2012: [.]Added an "Early-, mid-, and lategame" chapter. [.]Added a "team fights" chapter. [.]Added the "Updates" chapter at the top, so you don't have to scroll through the whole guide. [.]Updated "Current rating and stats on Soraka game-play" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 28. June 2012: [.]Added "In-depth" to the title. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 10. July 2012: [.]Added a new chapter "When you play Soraka the right way" [.]Changed a bug in the masteries section ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 22. September 2012: [.]Removed the chapter "Reaching the 1800 barrier" [.]Removed one item chapter [.]Rewamped the guide

It's not often you see an AP Soraka mid. And I've asked myself many times, why isn't that? Soraka got to be one of the few champions which can play against almost every opponent of the League, if you do it correctly of course. I've had my battles at mid, but first now, I realize which power she obsesses, she can be [highlight]UNSTOPPABLE![/highlight] It's a very complex champion to play, and you need to pratice a lot to understand how to play her. Yeah, she is overpowered, but you got to know how to use her abilites to take down the enemy. So this guide won't make you to a God-like Soraka player, but will help you far on the way. [highlight]Why pick Soraka at mid-lane? [/highlight] Pros: - Great Damage pr. mana used compared to other champions - Great Sustain at lane - An awesome Silence at no mana cost - Looks like a puppy, kills like a lion - Can turn the team battles in her favor - Heal her teammates from all over the map, helping them surviving and/or picking up kills - Can deal great damage over time, instead of just one burst. Cons: - She's really squishy - Low movementspeed - Doesn't have a deadly combo of spells - Main target in battles if you've played her right When you open champion select, this is what you need to see: [img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png][img=champ/soraka.png] NEVER THINK ANYTHING ELSE!!

Note that after I realized how to build and play Soraka the way I do now, I went from 1500-1800 in rating on 3-4 days. Yeah, a little geeky, but I like it! Will update this atleast once a week, so you can see my progress! [.]Note that at the moment I'm only playing in weekends, because of work. [highlight]Date: 22.09.2012[/highlight] [highlight]My Current Rating:[/highlight] [imgext=http://i45.tinypic.com/vec6ye.png] [highlight]My Current Stats:[/highlight] [imgext=http://i49.tinypic.com/34e8ghe.png] [highlight]Some Match History; Doesn't ALWAYS win no, I'm still learning:[/highlight] [imgext=http://i46.tinypic.com/1z5uuro.png] [imgext=http://i45.tinypic.com/2qup3zp.png] [highlight]Some of the few matches I was allowed to play Soraka[/highlight] [imgext=http://i49.tinypic.com/1494dw9.png]

[imgext=http://i47.tinypic.com/21bo0j.png] - Soraka is one of the slowest champions of the league, so to be able to keep up with the rest, pick up 3 movementspeed quints. [highlight]3x Great Quintessence of Switfness = +4.5% movmentspeed[/highlight] IP price: 3 x 2050 = 6150 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Soraka got very low damage at the first levels compared to other usual mid-lane champions. So grabbing 9 marks with magic penetration which stacks up with your starcall;[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png]; is really good. But what most people seems to think is that Soraka is getting weak late game; [highlight]WRONG![/highlight] The more she's able to envolve into late, she can shred the enemy team, while keeping her teammates alive! So the magic penetration will also help you late game vs. huge amounts of magic resist. [highlight]9x Greater Mark of Insight = +8.5 magic penetration[/highlight] IP price: 9 x 410 = 3690 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - The more AP the better, so pick up some Ap/lvl Glyphs, so Soraka got a better amount of AP at level 18. [highlight]9x Greater Glyph of Force = +28 Ability Power at level 18[/highlight] IP price: 9 x 410 = 3690 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - As said, she got a bit low damage at the begining, so if you pick up 9 AP seals, you will have some more damage at the start to shred and kill the enemy. [highlight]9x Greater Seal of Potency = +5.3 Ability Power[/highlight] IP price: 9 x 410 = 3690 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [highlight]TOTAL PRICE: 17220 IP[/highlight]

[title][img=skills/soraka/p.png] Passive: Consecration[/title] [number]Increases surrounding allies' magic resistance by 16.[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Her passive is really great! You will most likely fight against enemies which deals magic damage to you, so a +16 magic resist is really nice to have. Also this buff will be good for your teammates when you're in a battle. A Soraka with many auras is a helpful and dangerous Soraka! [title][img=skills/soraka/q.png] Q: Starcall[/title] [number]Strikes nearby enemy units for 60/85/110/135/160 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and reduces their Magic Resistance by 8/9/10/11/12 for 8 seconds This effect stacks up to 10 times. Cooldown 2.5 seconds Cost 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 mana Range 660[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] This is your main damage output. You want to hit your enemies as often as possible with this spell. And often in combos, because of the effect status it gives. It will lower the enemy magic resistance, and the lower magic resistance your enemy got, more damage starcall and Infuse will deal to them. [title][img=skills/soraka/w.png] W: Astral Blessing[/title] [number]Restores 70/140/210/280/350 (+45% of ability power) health and grants 25/50/75/100/125 bonus armor for 5 seconds. Cooldown 20 seconds Cost 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 / 200 mana Range 750[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Your main source of sustain and baiting. Astral blessing is a really good spell which will keep both you and your teammates alive. It also grants armor, which is great against an enemy jungler (usually). This should be the first heal you use on yourself, because of the armor status. [title][img=skills/soraka/e.png] E: Infuse[/title] [number]On ally cast: Restores mana to the target (cannot be used on self). Mana Restored: 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 If cast on an enemy champion, silences them for 1.5/1.75/2/2.25/2.5 seconds and deals 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 (+75% of ability power) magic damage. Cooldown 10 seconds Range 725[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Infuse can be a deadly last hit, or harassing weapon number one. As the spell takes no mana, it's great to use against enemies to harass. It's also really great because of the silence effect, so you can silence your target, then harass with Starcall,[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png]. This is used to make your enemy deal less damage to you. A good strategy vs. [imgsmall=champ/cassiopeia.png][imgsmall=champ/ryze.png] and many more. If you don't use it before you go in, use it after you've hitten your enemy with as many starcalls as possible. Lesser magic resist, the more damage, so your infuse can deal TRUE damage, if not MORE on the enemy!!! [title][img=skills/soraka/r.png] R: Wish[/title] [number]Instantly restores 200 / 320 / 440 (+70% of ability power) health to all allied champions. Cooldown: 120 / 110 / 100 seconds Cost 100/175/250 mana[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Really good spell for keeping yourself and your teammates alive. Also gives a good oppertunity to pick up assists from mid lane. You need to time this spell really well, for an example before a possible Baron fight, you use it. And when you start the baron, it will almost have cooled down and be ready for use again. One of your most important spells to time correctly, as it can change the outcome of a battle really fast!

As said; Starcall, [imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png], is your main damage output, so you want to max it fast. That's something I always do, but the other spells is a bit different. You need to know which of them to upgrade - [highlight]IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO LEVEL THE RIGHT SPELLS![/highlight] [.] If your enemy harass you a lot, or the jungler camps your lane, upgrade heal[imgsmall=skills/soraka/w.png] before infuse, and max it asap. This will give you a better sustain and survability on lane. [.]On the other hand, if your enemy barley touches you, upgrade your infuse, [imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png],to the max before heal, and punish him for his ignorance by dealing HUGE amounts of damage. [.]But often a combination of these two spells are good, so you both got a nice heal and a stronger damage output. [.]Wish,[imgsmall=skills/soraka/r.png], should be upgraded as fast as possible - Won't even explain why.

[highlight]My new standard build:[/highlight] [.]Start with boots and 3 health pots. Soraka is really dependent on the movement speed. [img=items/boots-of-speed.png][img=items/health-potion3.png] [.]Pick up two dorian rings and Kage's Lucky Pick, before you upgrade your boots; I build these items because it gives her some HP, a good mana regain and a small money income, which is really good to have when roaming, and you miss out on farm. Pick up the boots of mobility so you can roam better, and be able to run from ganks! [img=items/boots-of-speed.png] => [img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png] => [img=items/kages-lucky-pick.png] => [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png] [.]Now you want to sustain better at lane, and saving your mana instead of using it on heals all the time, so I build a hextech revolver. Hextech revolver gives you the spellvamp you need to regain shitloads with your Q. [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/kages-lucky-pick.png] => [img=items/hextech-revolver.png] [.]When this is done, you want to get more damage quickly. So upgrade the Kage's Lucky Pick til' a Deathfire Grasp. This gives you sort of a burst damage, and you will dominate on ganks! [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/kages-lucky-pick.png][img=items/hextech-revolver.png] => [img=items/deathfire-grasp.png] [.]As you now are roaming like a king, you shall just continue to build damage. Now I pick up a Abyssal Sceptre before you build Rabadon's Deathcap. This will give you more magic resistance, a great amount of ability power, and an aura which weakens your enemies! Even if the radius is short, it's a really good pick up! [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/deathfire-grasp.png][img=items/hextech-revolver.png] => [img=items/abyssal-scepter.png] => [img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] [.]Now there is just two items left to build! If you haven't won already, then this is what you shall build. Upgrade your revolver to a Will of the Ancients. Will give you more spellvamp, ability power and an aura which helps your teammates. Then you have two choices, pick up a hourglass or a rylais crystal sceptre, depends if the enemy team is AD heavy and focus you a lot, or if they let you be, in that case, build rylais for great HP and a nice slow! [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png][img=items/dorans-ring.png][img=items/deathfire-grasp.png][img=items/hextech-revolver.png][img=items/abyssal-scepter.png][img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] => [img=items/will-of-the-ancients.png] => [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] / [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] [highlight]Final Build:[/highlight] [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png][img=items/deathfire-grasp.png][img=items/will-of-the-ancients.png][img=items/abyssal-scepter.png][img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] - [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] or [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png]

[highlight]Shoes:[/highlight] As I see it, it's only three valid pick ups on Soraka; [img=items/boots-of-mobility.png] - Gives you great movement speed when not in battle! Really good for roaming. [item=ionian-boots-of-lucidity] - Gives you good Cooldown Reduction, my usual pick up if you do O.K or good on the lane. [img=items/mercurys-treads.png] - Picking it up if your enemy-laner or enemy team is CC heavy, and will most likely focus you. Grants you a bit magic resist and 35% tenacy. [highlight]Vs. High AP damage[/highlight] [img=items/banshees-veil.png] - The only item which is worth picking up on Soraka against AP carries. Grants you a magic shield and a good amount of HP/MANA, included with the amount of Magic Resist it gives. Rarely pick it up anyhow. [highlight]Vs. High AD damage[/highlight] [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] - Can pick it up earlier, just to get the amount of armor, while still getting a huge amount of AP. [img=items/frozen-heart.png] - Gives you good mana and Cooldown Reduction, one of the better pickups when Soraka faces huge AD damage. [img=items/guardian-angel.png] - Grants both Armor and Magic Resistance, also really good if you get targeted a lot, but gives no damage or Cooldown Reduction. [img=items/thornmail.png] - Rarely picking it up, but can be viable because of the amount armor and passive backfire. [highlight]Other pickups:[/highlight] [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png] - Gives you a good amount of HP, a lot of AP, and a slow. Your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] will probably hit the whole enemy team, causeing them to be reduced in movementspeed. Good to pick it up if you feel that you are to low on HP, and if the enemy team got a high movement speed. But as I've mentioned some times, Soraka is a slow champion, so the slow won't always do much effect vs. your enemies with huge movementspeed. [img=items/morellos-evil-tome.png] - Consider to pick it up if you faces a lane which out-sustain you. For an example against [imgsmall=champ/swain.png] or if you face a really enoying[imgsmall=champ/drmundo.png]. [highlight]NOT recommended to pick up[/highlight] [img=items/void-staff.png] - Don't pick this item up. Because of your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and abyssal sceptre, Void Staff is USELESS on Soraka. [img=items/archangels-staff.png] - Even thought Soraka spam her spells, it is a possiblity to pick it up. But I tried to MAX mana with runes, build all mana items which is able to use on her, and still I got more AP with my standard build than with this one. (Yes, even built a rabadons deathcap combined with it) [img=items/rod-of-ages.png] - Not recommended. Yes, it gives you mana and HP and 80 AP, but it's not worth a spot in your inventory. Doesn't give anything which is usefull for you when getting to late game.

[.]If you've been reading my whole guide, you will know from the introduction that there is only one champion for me. [highlight]The one and only Soraka![/highlight] [.]Yeah, call me insane, call me stupid, call me retarded, but that's how I play it. Always finding a way around, a new tactic to kill my enemies. [.][highlight]Changing game-style against different champions is IMPORTANT![/highlight] [.]Only writing about the champions that I've played against. Got more experience with some champions that others. But I can't write about champions I haven't met! Keep that in mind. [.]I've sorted out the Match-up on the following way compared against Soraka: [img=champ/soraka.png]Name = Soraka [.]Strong/Weak Champion? = Strong [.]Any CC? = Silence [.]High sustain (low hp regain, low mana regain etc) = Heals, high sustain. [.]Other spells which is good? = Wish, heal your whole team [.]Short about how you should be playing against them with Soraka. [.]Win/Lose lane? [img=champ/ahri.png]Ahri [.]Strong Mid laner [.]Charming hearts; taunts you. [.]High sustain; regains HP with her spells (after stacks). Low Mana sustain, as you will harass her. [.]Her ultimate makes her move around, will be impossible to catch up with her. Can also dive you with it. [.]You should be focusing to harass her with your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png]. This will make her use her Q more often and get really low on mana fast. Ahri is really dependant on a blue buff against you. So try to steal it with your jungler is a good tactic. Use your silence when she uses her ultimate, this makes her less mobile, and you can hit her with your starcall. Ahri is really mobile, so keep track of her, and be ready to time your ultimate when she ganks other lanes. Can be smart to upgrade your heals early, as Ahri got quite a good damage outburst. [.]WIN [img=champ/akali.png]Akali [.]Weak mid laner [.]- [.]Can get a good health sustain with spellvamp. Doesn't have mana. [.]Can stealth, and jump to her target really fast. [.]Akali is a melee mid laner, so just spam your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and hit her every time she tries to farm. Akali is really dependant on her stealth, but as your starcall can hit her even when she's in stealth, it's useless for her. Be careful to not get to greedy against her, as she can burst you down in a matter of seconds. Upgrade infuse more than heals is my recommandation. [.]WIN [img=champ/anivia.png]Anivia [.]Strong mid laner [.]Stun, slow and a wall which blocks you [.]Low sustain, really mana dependant [.]Her passive makes her to an egg, so don't get too greedy [.]Anivia is a really strong mid champion. If she gets blue, she will be able to keep up with you in farming. Just focus on harassing her early, trying to make her farm as little as possible. Anivia also got a REALLY high damage output, so be careful when you charge her. She got some nice CC which can screw you up hard. But keep on moving around, don't get hit by her stuns, and as soons she uses her ultimate, silence her, will make her lose farm. A tough mid laner to fight against, so max heal ASAP after Q. [.]DRAW [img=champ/annie.png]Annie [.]Weak mid laner [.]Stun each 4th spell [.]Low HP sustain, high mana sustain as she dont need to use it for farming. [.]Can summon a bear upon you [.]Annie will be really weak against you. But you need to harass her down. Usually she will have a stun ready, so silence her, then hit her with your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png], before you back off again, and do it again and again. Because of her easy aimed stun, be ready for getting ganked by the jungler. You have to take care against Annie, as she got a really high damage outburst at level 6. So I suggest you to upgrade some heals, and some infuse side by side. Shouldn't be really problematic playing against her anyhow. [.]WIN [img=champ/brand.png]Brand [.]Weak mid laner [.]Can stun you when you are ablazed [.]Low HP and mana sustain. [.]- [.]Brand needs to get you ablazed, then hit you with a spell to stun you. Just keep moving running around, never stand still, try to dodge his spells, and you will win this lane easily. He's dependant on a skill shot to get you down, but running around and harassing him with Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and E[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png] will be good. If you move correctly around, Brand won't stand a chance against your Soraka. But I recommend you to pick up some early heals, because if Brand gets you stunned, he can deal quite a lot damage on you in one blast. So take care even thought you should be domoinating. [.]WIN [img=champ/cassiopeia.png]Cassiopeia [.]Strong mid laner [.]Got slow and stun [.]Low hp and mana sustain [.]Her ultimate needs to hit you in the face to stun you. Got poison, so can drain damage over time at you. [.]Cassiopeia is not hard at mid if you do it correctly. She got a quite good harass, because she got "twin fangs" which got no cooldown when it hits you. But this makes her extremly mana hungry. Before you harass her, use an E[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png] to silence her, and then harass with Q. Stay out of her poison while doing it, and get back fast, use a heal, and you've made a lot more damage to her, than she have to you. Keep on doing this until she runs out of mana, and the lane is ready to be free-farmed by you. Be careful to not overexted against her, as she got a high damage outburst. And try not do get hit by the ultimate in the face. Upgrade more heal than infuse, but upgrade them side by side. [.]WIN [img=champ/fizz.png]Fizz [.]Semi-Strong mid laner [.]Got slow and knock-up [.]Low HP sustain, low mana sustain [.]Got healing reduction, so take care [.]Fizz is said to counter Soraka, but I've not seen much to it yet. Even thought he got healing reduction, he can't win the lane against you. Harass him early on from level 1-3, then play a bit passive until you reach level 6. This is because Fizz got a good burst damage, and can easily take you down if you overextend. But as soon you hit 6, you should have healing enough to take him down when he jumps at you. Just focusing on harassing him with Q, and silence him when he jumps on you. Max heal right after Q, because of the healing reduction, you need a stronger heal. Should win this lane easily if you play it as described. [.]WIN [img=champ/galio.png]Galio [.]Strong mid laner [.]Got a slow and taunt [.]Semi good HP and mana sustain [.]Can speed himself up [.]Galio is acctually doing quite well against Soraka. He will just have to build Magic resistance, then get more damage. He can sustain quite well because of his shield and attack spells. But you will outfarm him, and since your Q shreds his magic resist, he will get lower damage. In team battles, stay out of his ultimate range, and silence him when he blasts it. Galio will then be useless in teamfights! Upgrade more infuse than heal. [.]WIN [img=champ/gragas.png]Gragas [.]Strong mid laner [.]Slow and Knock-back [.]Low HP sustain, good mana sustain [.]Can drink his mana up, and take reduced damage. Can also charge at you. [.]Gragas can be tricky to lane against. He got a good range on his barrels, combined with spells that gives him mana and damage reduction, he can be hard to take down. He also got a good escape/charging spell which slows anyone hit. There is only one thing you can do against Gragas. Play it really aggressive, push him into the tower and denay him farm, then wait for a new monster wave, and do it again. Keep on doing this, while dodgeing his barrels, and you will win this lane. He can either focus the barrels on you, or farming. If he focus them on you, upgrade your heals, if not, upgrade infuse and deal more damage to him. Usually I don't lose to a Gragas. [.]WIN [img=champ/heimerdinger.png]Heimerdinger [.]Weak mid laner [.]Stun, blind and slow [.]semi-good hp sustain, low mana sustain [.]Got a pair of cannons to help him [.]Heimerdinger is an easy match up mid. Stay close to your minions and harass him and his cannons with Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png], you should win this easily that way. [.]WIN [img=champ/janna.png]Janna [.]Semi-Strong mid laner [.]Slow, knock-back and knock-up [.]Low mana and Hp sustain [.]Can shield herself, got high movementspeed. [.]Janna got really high damage as an AP mid laner. I've went on some loses vs. her. But what I've figured out, is that you gotta play it passive. Max HEAL after your Q, and you should just wait for her to charge you, bait her. When she's at half hp, and you are at half hp, she will charge at you. But because of your heals, you will win the battle! Just be careful since she got high damage, and don't waste your ignite on her shield. You will rape her if you play it like this. [.]WIN [img=champ/karthus.png]Karthus [.]Weak mid laner [.]Slow [.]Low hp and mana sustain [.]His ultimate can hit everyone on the map, all over the map. Can attack you when he's dead. [.]Karthus will be raped by Soraka. Just dodge his Q, spam your own, and you will win the lane. Save your ultimate for his ultimate, and as soon you see it is about to go of, COUNTERED; no kills for Karthus. Upgrade heal and infuse side by side. [.]WIN [img=champ/kassadin.png]Kassadin [.]Weak mid laner [.]Silence and slow [.]Low HP sustain, semi-good mana sustain [.]Can teleport out of any battles. [.]When you are playing against Kassadin, play it a bit passive. Stand a bit behind you minions, don't let him farm with his basic attack, while you can just pick up free-farm at mid. As you are not up into his face, he will probably try to jump at you and kill you, but just use your E[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png], then Q to harass him. Then he won't jump at you again! Upgrade some early heal, before you max infuse. Should be an easy win. [.]WIN [img=champ/katarina.png]Katarina [.]Weak mid laner [.]- [.]Low hp sustain until spellvamp, dont have mana. [.]Can blink in and out of battles and got healing reduction [.]Katarina is easy to lane against. Even thought she got no mana, your silence counter her ultimate, which pretty much makes her useless. If you save your silence for her ultimate, you have won the lane and the whole game already. Keep on harassing her with Q and heal yourself up when you're not hitted by her healing reduction. I prefer to pick up some heals, as if you don't pay attention, she can deal quite a lot damage with her ultimate at you before you silence her [.]WIN [img=champ/kennen.png]Kennen [.]Weak mid laner [.]Stun [.]Low hp sustain until spellvamp, energy based champion [.]Can rush out with his energy ball, got a good AOE ultimate [.] Easy lane. He will probably push the lane some, and harass you. But you will out-dominate him in damage and with your heals it's an easy win. Never countered Kennen so hard with any other champs. But just remeber to dodge his spells, and GG! [.]WIN [img=champ/kogmaw.png]Kog'Maw [.]Strong mid laner [.]- [.]Low HP and mana sustain [.]Got a long range attack spell [.]AP kogmaw is a bitch. It's one of the worst I've played against, because he got such a high damage. Even thought I picked up some kills on him, he just outbursts in damage at mid-late game. A tought match up, but you won't lose it if you are good at dodgeing his living artillery. Picking up heals before you max Q can be a valid option here! Play passive! [.]DRAW [img=champ/leblanc.png]Leblanc [.]Weak mid laner [.]Snare and silence [.]Low HP and mana sustain [.]Can blink up into you, and her passive summons a clone of herself [.]Leblanc got a quite good burst, but if you just silence her as she jumps on you, you might just have gotten yourself a kill. Keep on harassing her, keep her low on HP, as she is MORE squishy than you! Gives you a good upper hand if you get her down early on before her damage outbursts. Pick up some heals before upgrading your infuse. [.]WIN [img=champ/lux.png]Lux [.]Weak mid laner [.]Snare and slow [.]Low HP sustain, semi-good mana sustain if played correctly [.]Got a long range ultimate which can hit you hard [.] Quite easy match up. Lux got a long range, but when you get close to her, her HP isn't worth a nickle. You can't really lose this, unless they got a duo mid. Of course you need to play aggressive and harass her hard, it isn't a free win. She can hit you hard, but you will usually hit her hardest! [.]WIN [img=champ/malzahar.png]Malzahar [.]Weak mid laner [.]Snare [.]Low hp sustain, good mana sustain [.]Summons a voidling [.]Can be tricky to play against, but you should win this. Your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] is so strong, while he will only send out his voidling towards you. Just don't get caught in a bad position when he uses his ultimate, then this lane is yours! [.]WIN [img=champ/mordekaiser.png]Mordekaiser [.]Strong mid laner [.]- [.]High HP sustain, don't have mana [.]He got a shield which he load up using spells and attacks. Also got an ultimate which will last over time and deal a lot of damage [.]Mordekaiser and Soraka is quite the same. Because of their Q, they can sustain quite hard with a Hextech revolver. But because you got a silence[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png], you got the upper hand. Use it before you go in close on him spamming Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png], then he won't get his shield up, and you will drain him for HP. Continue doing this until you can take him down [.]WIN [img=champ/morgana.png]Morgana [.]Weak mid laner [.]Snare and stun [.]Good HP sustain, and uses little mana [.]Got an ultimate which targets all enemy champions around her, and she got a really good spellvamp passive [.]Just dodge her Q and you won't have any troubles winning this lane, as you got a silence for her ultimate! Keep on harassing her, and you will win it easy! She will never pick Morgana against you again! [.]WIN [img=champ/orianna.png]Orianna [.]Semi-Strong mid laner [.]Slow and knock-up [.]Low HP sustain and uses little mana [.]Can shield herself, got a ball which she throws at you, stay away from it [.]A tricky match up at mid. She will rape you until you reaches level 4-5. Then you will win this lane if you keep moving away from the ball, while harassing. Eventually Orianna will try to take you down, but because of your heals and Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] spamming, you will take her down before she manage to get you. Important to play this lane safe, and don't overextend, as you are a easy pick up for an enemy jungler with her help. Don't waste your ignite, because she got a shield, use it only when you know it's a safe kill. [.]WIN [img=champ/ryze.png]Ryze [.]Weak mid laner [.]Snare [.]Semi-good Hp sustain, low mana sustain [.]His ultimate will give him spellvamp and an AOE effect on his spells. [.]Your silence[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png] counters his spellcombo. And while you spam Q[imgsmall=skonills/soraka/q.png] when you are snared, you will make a lot of damage to him, while you take some yourself. But because of your heals, you will get up quite fast again. Recommend to upgrade some heals fast, as he got a quite hard base damage. You SHOULD win this lane if you keep on harassing him. [.]WIN [img=champ/sion.png]Sion [.]Strong mid laner [.]Stun [.]Good HP sustain, good mana sustain [.]Got a shield which makes him take a lot of damage, and his ultimate will heal him up quite good [.]The worst opponent I've met! He raped me so hard early on, but because he become really bad at late game, you will win this with your team. As he gets weaker, you get stronger, and eventually rape them all! MAX heal[imgsmall=skills/soraka/w.png] asap after you have maxed your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] [.]LOSEING laning phase, but Soraka will be much stronger than him late game! [img=champ/twistedfate.png]Twisted Fate [.]Weak mid laner [.]Stun [.]Low Hp sustain, good mana sustain [.]Can teleport all around the map with his ultimate [.]You will rape this lane. Dodge his cards, spam Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and infuse[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png]. This will make him roam really hard with his ultimate, so be ready with your ultimate to heal up your teammates when he leaves. [.]WIN [img=champ/veigar.png]Veigar [.]Weak mid laner [.]Stun [.]Low HP and mana sustain [.]- [.]You've won this lane already. Pick up merc. threads instead of ionian boots, and this will force him to max his stun instead of damage. He can't really do much to you when you got 35% tenacy and spams your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and E[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png]. Just keep on moving around, don't get hit by his spells. Max infuse before heal. [.]WIN [img=champ/swain.png]Swain [.]Strong mid laner [.]Stun and slow [.]High HP sustain, low mana sustain [.]His ultimate heals him really good over time [.]A really tough match-up. Swain got a really good sustain, and you won't win the lane against him, but you will keep an even farm against him. Combined with some help from the jungler you can win this easily tho. When you get a good upper hand on Swain, he's dead meat. He's also really blue dependant, steal it from him, and you will rape him. [.]DRAW [img=champ/viktor.png]Viktor [.]Weak mid laner [.]Stun and slow [.]Low HP sustain, good mana sustain [.]Got a shield which can help him from dying, also his laser can deal damage over time. His ultimate can follow you. [.]He got a laser, you got the stars. Guess who's winning this one. You will rape Viktor hard at the laning phase because of his weak start damage. Keep on harassing, harassing, picking up farm, pushing your wave into the tower. Viktor will be trash at late game, you won't! [.]WIN [img=champ/vladimir.png]Vladimir [.]Weak mid laner [.]Slow [.]High HP sustain, no mana [.]Can make himself into a blood pool, which makes him immortal. His ultimates deals more damage to you, the more damage you take after being hitted. [.]Vladimir is easy to rape with Soraka. He gets his life regain through spells, but as you keep on harassing him with Q, and blasting your E sometimes, he won't manage to outsustain you. When he tries to jump on you, just hit him as much as possible. On the way out he will probably blast his blood pool, just chase him with your Q, and you got yourself a kill. Silence can also stop him from casting his blood pool, which usually means the death for him. When he casts his ultimate, just get out of the battlefield and heal youself up, then you can't die. [.]WIN [img=champ/xerath.png]Xereath [.]Strong mid laner [.]Stun [.]Low HP sustain, good mana sustain [.]Got a really long range at his Q if he charges it up. Also his ultimate got a good range. [.]Xerath got really long range, which will be tricky for you to harass. But if he comes to close to you, you will win it. Be careful with his ultimate combined with stun, can be really deadly for Soraka if you don't pay attention. Max heal, and you can outsustain him on damage and farm. [.]WIN [img=champ/ziggs.png]Ziggs [.]Weak mid laner [.]Slow [.]Low HP and mana sustain [.]His ultimate can be used on a long range, and he can throw bombs quite far. [.]Ziggs also got a really long range, but he's really weak. Just run towards him while dodgeing his bombs, and you got this lane. Push him into the tower, but be careful with ganks. Ziggs is really weak at laning phase, and will do little use to his team when you're done with him! [.]WIN [img=champ/zilean.png]Zilean [.]Weak mid laner [.]Slow [.]Low HP and Mana sustain [.]His ultimate will revive him or his teammates if it's used in time. Can boost his speed and reduce cooldowns with his spells. [.]Bombs away, but that's it. You don't really need to worry about this lane. You should win this because of the damage output you got compared to him. He's good at the first 6 levels, but after that you are the one who own's the show. Get some few heals before maxing infuse. [.]WIN It sounds easy, doesn't it? Winning against almost everyone? You think it isn't possible? I've made so many strategies, different playing-styles vs. them champions. It will take a long time to master all the different once, but as I got over 300 games ranked with Soraka, I got some experience in my bag. Feel free to ask me about anything considering Soraka, and I will answer the best I can.

Soraka is all about the early game. If you want to do it well at late game, your laning need to be superior to your enemy. You have to serve hell to your opponent every single game, don't ever let him get the advantage! This phase will go from from level 1-10'ish, depending on the game of couse. [highlight]What you shall focus on doing:[/highlight] [.]Farming with your basic attack and Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] if needed. Soraka is easy to farm with, use that to your advantage. [.]Harassing your enemy with basic attack and Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png]. Don't ever let him feel like he got the advantage. Keep on hurting him, make him use health potions and push him into the tower if you feel comfortable with it. Also you will be able to farm when harassing him with Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png]. [.]Zoning your enemy. As you keep on harassing him, try to denay him as much farm as possible. When you feel that you got an advantage in farm/kills, freeze the lane and let him come out from his tower, then harass him. Or push your own minions constantly into the tower, trying to denay him farm that way. [.]Important to keep wards up, because in the early game your are really exposed to ganks. Play a "passive-aggressive style"; which means that the moment you have pushed the lane to his tower, get back to your own tower and wait for the next wave. (Unless you know where the enemy jungler is, then harass your opponent when he's with his tower). [.]Help your jungler with counter-jungling, trying to destroy for your enemy jungler. Or if your jungler gets counter-jungled, help him, it's really important as you deal quite a lot damage with your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and E[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png], while keeping your teammates alive with heals.

This is where the fun part with Soraka begins. Now you're done with the early game, but that doesn't mean you're done with the laning phase. You will have started to get some items and your heals are quite strong. This phase will potencially go from level 10-16, depending on the game. [highlight]What you shall focus on doing:[/highlight] [.]Keep on farming, never think that you have enough minions, even if you've outfarmed your opponent big time! [.]Roaming; help your teammates. Arrive at their lanes with your ultimate[imgsmall=skills/soraka/r.png] and your b[imgsmall=skills/soraka/w.png]. Dive if you feel comfortable with it. It's really important that you try to pick up as many kills you can. Read more about roaming in the "Roaming with Soraka" chapter below. [.]Picking up dragon and blue buff the moment it spawns. You got the heals to keep your teammates alive, use it to your advantage. Also you will be quite mana hungry, so you can pick up the blue buffs alone, don't keep your jungler bussy. [.]Invade the enemy jungle with your teammates. The same theory as roaming, use heals to invade the jungle and pick up enemy buffs and maybe some kills. [.]Make traps and start baiting your enemies with your heals. If you know that you can get caught by some of the enemy team, let's say 3, without dying, get caught! But be sure that your teammates are close to pick up the kills. Yes, it's worth giving them 1 kill for 3!

[highlight]Why roam with Soraka?[/highlight] [.]Because of your zoning and harassing with Q, you will push the lane quite hard into the tower. And as there is no need for you to stand and watch minions be killed in the enemy tower; roam. [.]She's one of the better roamers and almost guaranteed to pick up kills [.]Can heal her teammates at the lane when she arrives there [.]Can easily dive enemies which are low, and get away with it alive [highlight]Important notes about roaming:[/highlight] [.]Don't start to roam before level 6. As your should have your ultimate ready to heal you and your teammates if they get targeted and already are low on HP. [.]Get in behind the enemy, so they have to run through you and your starcall [.]Ganking bot lane when you are the pink team is the best gank you can do [.]Be careful, don't run into the enemy jungle without knowing where your own lane is [.]Expect the enemy jungler or your enemy mid lane to arrive when you gank [.]Make sure your teammates are with you on the dive, and be ready with your ultimate to heal yourself/them up from tower damage [.]Don't give the enemy mid laner to much free farm when you roam. Just gank, doesn't manage to pick up a kill? - Get back and farm! [highlight]Map Colors:[/highlight] [.]Red = Area you should ward (bushes) [.]Orange = Roaming routes you should use [.]Green = Pick it up if your jungler isn't dependant on them/ganking a lot/has recalled. [highlight]How to roam as the blue team:[/highlight] [imgext=http://i47.tinypic.com/2lazuqf.png] [.]When ganking bot lane, make sure that it's pushed to the tower. Tell your bot lane to do so. Then run into the tower and start with your magical Q. Be careful with being stunned to long in the tower tho, can be faital. [.]When you gank top lane, you need to rush it fast, in case of wards in tribush. Be careful with the enemy jungler, as he's probably not far away. [highlight]How to roam as the pink team:[/highlight] [imgext=http://i46.tinypic.com/34dogwg.png] [.]Ganking bot lane is the best gank you can do. You will get behind both of the enemies if you rush. They will probably have warded tribush at bot, but rush it fast, and make sure your bot lane uses their CC to keep them as far away from the tower as possible. Will probably pick up a kill or two if you syncronise good. [.]There are two possibilities when ganking the top lane. Either way you can go through your own jungle, but he will probably have warded. So if you're going that way, make sure he has pushed your own top jungler into the tower. Chose the other route if you know where your enemy jungler is, and the enemy top lane is low on HP. Then you can dive him easily with help from your teammate.

Come late game and Soraka will be a Godess! You are the life-guard of your whole team, and you need to use it to your advantage. I don't know how many times people claim Soraka to be useless late game, and saying "You are getting carried by us..." That's not true at all (Unless you play really trashy of course!). You are the one that changes the outcome of battles, even if your team realizes it or not! Considering late game to be from level 16-18 and until the end, depending on the game! [highlight]What you shall focus on doing:[/highlight] [.]Roam with your teammates, and keep them on full hp always, so they are ready to battle! [.]Picking up kills, baron, dragon and other buffs. Make sure your teammates always are close, so you won't get caught alone. [.]Bait, or convice your tanky-teammate to get caught, then just run in with heals and save the day, turning the battle into your favor! [.]Have focus on keeping yourself and the AD carry alive, really important that you two are there to deal damage. [.]Pick up wards if you have a free slot in your inventory! [.]Usuall late game play; just stick to the team!

This is the place you carry your team! You are the [highlight]most important tool[/highlight] of your team if you have played good. All you have to do is position yourself right, and pop your spells at the right time! [highlight]What you shall focus on doing:[/highlight] [.]Either try to bait your enemy team if you feel comfortable with it, or stay behind in the team with the ad carry. [.]When the battle starts, try to place yourself in the middle of the enemy team, unless you are the main target, then stand a bit on the side. Anyhow, you should try to hit as many of the enemy team with your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png] and silence[imgsmall=skills/soraka/e.png] the enemy AP carry. [.]Pop your ultimate[imgsmall=skills/soraka/r.png] to save your teammates. You should consider using it when everyone has gotten hit. But if it's just one of your teammates who has gotten hit, then use b[imgsmall=skills/soraka/w.png] on him. Unless all of your enemy team focus the tank, then ultimate, heal him, and shred with your Q[imgsmall=skills/soraka/q.png]. [.]Place yourself so the auras you have is affecting as many teammates and enemies as possible. But don't be stupid and place yourself as an easy target! [.]Stay away from the enemy AD carry - He will probably rape you quite hard. Also if you get focused a lot by the enemy off-tanks, make sure you get protected by your teammates. [.]Heal yourself and your AD carry, as you are the most important damage dealers! Convince him to stay close to you, so he's not out of your range! [.]Make sure you always have mana enough to last a whole team fight. That's something you learn as you play Soraka.

After playing a game with these guys; then they was on the other team, until someone left: [imgext=http://i45.tinypic.com/as5ly.png] After this game, I suddenly ended up playing 1v4 mid, call it trolling; but I call it nr.1 Soraka counter xD

[.]This is my first guide I've made. Would really like some feedback on it, and what I can improve etc. I've tried to do my best to learn you how to set up Soraka, to be a killing machine. [.]Feel free to ask me about anything considering Soraka, and I will answer the best I can. Yours, Kyllingvingen!

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